Students at Boulevard Academy have recreated an iconic Hull FC team photo exactly 120 years later to help launch the club’s new 2019 official kit.
The Black and Whites have launched their new ‘all black’ kit which takes inspiration from the shirt worn by the team when they moved to their spiritual home, The Boulevard, in the late 19th century.
Whilst Hull are traditionally known for their famous irregular hoops, back then they were nicknamed the ‘All Blacks’ due to their black shirts.
2019 will mark 120 years since Hull Rugby League Club made the Boulevard their permanent home, buying the stadium in 1899 for £6,500.
The Boulevard was home to Hull FC up until 2003, when they eventually moved to the newly built KCOM Stadium.
Sadly, the Boulevard Stadium is no longer there, but in its place stands the recently established Boulevard Academy, which still has strong ties to Hull FC.
The academy uniform includes a Black and White tie, whilst one of the academy’s houses is named in honour of club legend Johnny Whiteley MBE.
To celebrate the launch of Hull FC’s new shirt, students have recreated the team photo from the 1899 season in the exact same location it took place 120 years earlier.
In turn, the students have also become the very first people to get their hands on the brand new shirts which go on sale on Monday morning.
Former Hull FC player Liam Cunningham is now a PE teacher at the Boulevard Academy, he said:
“It’s been a fantastic way to engage our students with some special extra curricular activity and to help them understand what this site stood for long before the academy was here.
“I was brought up training here as a young player, so I know first hand what the stadium and this area means to the Hull FC community.
“The new shirt looks great and we’re pleased to have been able to play our part in the launch, as well as giving some of our students the chance to be rewarded with a shirt.”
“The Academy is very proud of the strong relationship we have with Hull FC.”
Hull FC’s Chief Executive, James Clark, also added:
“It is important we remember what the Boulevard was and the integral role it played in the emergence of the club as we know it today, as well as the effect it had on our local community.
“We have a great working relationship with the Boulevard Academy and it’s pleasing to see the club can still maintain strong links with our spiritual home.
“What a fantastic way to remember what our club was like 120 years ago, by recreating the photo in exactly the same place.
“I wonder if those involved ever anticipated what their legacy would be and what the club and the ground might look like all these years late!”